Can't Get Mouse Pointer to Highlight

By Sam Foner

Mouse problems are difficult to diagnose, and may correspond to hardware, driver software, or application settings issues. If you are using a wireless optical or bluetooth mouse, your problem may also have to do with interference in the wireless connection or bad batteries. This article will deal with the most common problems that impact your mouse's functionality. The included Resource deals with mouse problems when using a specific application suite and operating system.

Mouse Settings

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button on the computer's desktop. Click on "Control Panel," then "Mouse" to access the Mouse properties dialog box.

Step 2

Un-check the box marked "Turn on ClickLock" under the Buttons tab. Move the Double-click speed slider further toward the "Fast" end.

Step 3

Click "Apply" and "OK" to save these settings.

Wireless Mouse Connection

Step 1

Replace your wireless mouse's batteries with fresh batteries.

Step 2

Plug the wireless receiver into a different USB port and wait for your computer to indicate the device is ready.

Step 3

Press and hold the "Connect" buttons on the underside of your mouse and the wireless receiver to refresh the wireless connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • ClickLock and Double-click speed will impact your mouse's ability to click-and-hold, which is integral to highlighting text. An erratic wireless connection will disrupt the click-and-hold function as well.